5 Herbs and Minerals to Balance Hormones
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In a 1998 study, women who took 1,200 mg of calcium carbonate daily saw symptoms-bloating, irritability, and cramps-plunge by 48 percent. Researchers suspect there is a link between PMS and a mild calcium deficiency, says Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and lead author of a more recent study that showed calcium-rich foods may also help reduce a woman's likelihood of developing PMS. Foods high in calcium include collard greens, kale, and broccoli.